Zara Mcfarlane with Dennis Bovell
EAST OF THE RIVER NILE
12" Vinyl lp UK
Limited 12” of Zara Mcfarlane’s cover of the Augustus Pablo classic, produced by dub legend Dennis Bovell.
Brownswood-signed, sublimely talented vocalist Zara McFarlane is back, linking up with legendary producer Dennis Bovell for a new single picking up where she left off on 2017 album, Arise. She carves out a soulful, reggae -and dub-influenced sound, marrying the rhythms of her Jamaican heritage with a finely-tuned jazz musicality. Delivering four different reinterpretations of the title cut from Augustus Pablo’s 1977 classic album, ‘East of the River Nile’, she sings the original’s melodica melody, her crystal-toned vocals as the track’s guiding force.
Since announcing her arrival with her 2011 debut, Until Tomorrow, she’s released 2014’s assured follow-up If You Knew Her, and 2017’s Arise, where she took a further step in lacing together her different strands of musical upbringing. In that time, she’s also worked with house music icon, Louie Vega, collaborated with New York trumpeter, Leron Thomas, and supported iconic acts such as Hugh Masekela and Gregory Porter. She’s performed at iconic venue, the Royal Festival Hall, as part of Orphy Robinson’s reinterpretation of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, and toured venues and festivals internationally, from Istanbul, to Vietnam and St. Lucia. [info from label]